Manna Developments are delighted to announce that it’s proposals to create an international motorsport centre of excellence in Coalisland have received planning permission from Mid Ulster District Council.

On the 5th September, the Council’s Planning Committee approved the planning application for Lake Torrent, a 157 acre site in Coalisland, formerly known as the ‘clay pits’, which is to become a venue for regional, national and international competitions, aiming ultimately to host events like Super Bike and Saloon Car Championships, attracting up to 30,000 spectators per event.

The track, designed by British motorsport design firm Driven International Ltd, is expected to be an FIA and FIM approved 3.6km (2.2 mile) undulating course, offering 12 turns and a mix of technical and high speed sequences. The track will be accompanied by supporting facilities such as pit garages, spectator and hospitality facilities.

The surrounding development, overseen by Coalisland based architecture firm Clarman Architects, will also include a range of community and leisure facilities, such as a crèche, medical centre and restaurants, alongside a new public ring road, and a technology & business park.

Speaking after the applications were approved, Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan, said:

“Lake Torrent is a hugely impressive and ambitious proposal which will transform a substantial and unused area of depleted clay pits into a world-class motorsport centre. The proposal represents an initial £29M investment which will create 500 jobs during construction, and 40 full-time positions on an ongoing basis. It is anticipated there will be over 500 posts on race days which will provide a significant boost to the local economy of Coalisland, and also be a substantial driver for increasing the number of visitors coming to Mid Ulster”.

David Henderson of Manna Developments, speaking after the meeting, said: “We would very much like to thank Mid Ulster Council for their decision today, as well as our team of designers including Driven International and Clarman Architects. Working with them to refine our plans over the last few months has been a great experience. We are delighted that the council have now given us the go ahead to start transforming the former clay pits into something really special for Coalisland, and for Northern Ireland overall.”

Henderson said “We set out to invest in the local community and to leave a legacy for the future generations of Coalisland – our focus has always been on the creation of jobs in the local area on a short- and long-term basis. The new development provides a massive opportunity for young entrepreneurs and small businesses to come to Coalisland and bring in new technology, ideas, and investment into the region, providing opportunities for tourism and and businesses to flourish. If you’re interested then please contact maneely estate agents”

Construction is scheduled to be finished in spring 2019.